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Timeline of Equal Opportunity in South Australia

20 December 2014 marked 30 years since the passing of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA).

To mark the occasion, the Equal Opportunity Commission has compiled a timeline showing significant dates in South Australia’s history that have improved equal opportunity and human rights.

South Australia has a history as an early leader in human rights. For example, in 1861, land-owning South Australian women were able to vote in local elections. In 1894, South Australia followed New Zealand in extending the franchise to women voters - but went further than New Zealand and offered women also the right to stand for the colonial Parliament.

Since then, the state has often led the nation with its anti-discrimination laws and in human rights.

The timeline includes major legislative milestones including the introduction of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) and subsequent amendments to the Act.

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